Time for a new group read – number 6 – and once again we have a brand new reading set supplied by ONEWORLD Publications – so a big thank you to them. The Amazing Story Of The Man Who Cycled From India To Europe For love by Per J Andersson.
The story begins in a public square in New Delhi. On a cold December evening a young European woman of noble descent appears before an Indian street artist known locally as PK and asks him to paint her portrait – it is an encounter that will change their lives irrevocably.
PK was not born in the city. he grew up in a small remote village on the edge of the jungle in East India, and his childhood as an untouchable was one of crushing hardship. He was forces to sit outside the classroom during school, would watch classmates wash themselves if they came into contact with him, and had stones thrown at him when he approached the village temple. According to the priests, PK dirtied everything that was pure and holy. But had PK not been an untouchable, his life would have turned out very differently.
This is the remarkable true story of how love and courage led PK to overcome extreme poverty, caste prejudice and adversity – as well as a 7,000 mile, adventure filled journey across continents and cultures – to be with the woman he loved.
If you aren’t lucky enough to be able to borrow one of the set, keep an eye on the library catalogue as one has been ordered for stock. As usual these pages are never deleted or archived so anyone can read and add their own comments at any point using the comments box below. Once you have added a comment a box appears asking you to indicate if you would like to be notified of responses; this is a great way to feel part of the conversation. This is a review submitted by e-mail:
THE AMAZING STORY OF THE MAN WHO CYCLED FROM INDIA TO EUROPE FOR LOVE:-I am really glad that I had the opportunity to read this book as I had read an article about it in my weekend newspaper. It is a fascinating true story. It is simply written, a bit like a long essay but very readable and a page turner. The protagonist of the book P.K. was born an untouchable and he fights all his life for the rights of the untouchables. It beggars belief that through no fault of their own, people are condemned to be less worthy than others and through their own efforts cannot redress this balance. I found this thread through the book incredibly interesting and sad.P.K. receives a prophesy at birth and when things don’t go well, for him, he clings to the fact that this prophesy will come true. It is not giving anything away to say that he meets a tourist from Sweden, they fall in love and he cycles halfway across the world to be with her. When he arrives in Sweden, P.K. has a difficult time adjusting to his new life and learning the language. I found his story to be inspirational and amazing.Naomi (Richardson)